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Orangutan blinded after being shot 74 times with air gun

Mar. 18, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia (AP) — An endangered orangutan with a young baby on Indonesia's Sumatra island was blinded after being shot at least 74 times with an air gun, an official and veterinarian said Monday. An X-ray showed at least 74 air gun pellets in its body, including four in its left eyes and two in...

US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West

Mar. 15, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

EPA bans consumer use of deadly paint stripper, in rare step

Mar. 15, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday banned consumer use of a popular but deadly paint stripper but stopped short of also banning commercial use of the product by tradespeople. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the rule, which will bar manufacture and import of the stripper...

Maryland man arrested for tackling brown pelican in Florida

Mar. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man seen tackling a federally protected pelican on video has been arrested on animal cruelty charges out of Florida. Maryland State Police said in a Friday release that 31-year-old William Hunter Hardesty was arrested at a hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. News outlets report...

The Latest: House chairman blasts Trump sage grouse plans

Mar. 15, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to protections for the ground-dwelling sage grouse in the U.S. West (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee says the Trump administration's decision to ease restrictions on energy...

Judge tosses Ohio's lawsuit against gas pipeline developer

Mar. 15, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. The lawsuit sought to force the builders of the Rover Pipeline to pay fines for what Ohio regulators said were numerous water...

Florida man finds bright green iguana in toilet, calls 911

Mar. 15, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man called 911 after going to the bathroom and finding a bright green iguana swimming in his toilet. Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephan Gollan tells the Miami Herald the man "freaked out and didn't know what to do." He says firefighter Jeff Kurus put on a sterile...

Wolves prove resilient, but proposal could curtail expansion

Mar. 14, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to strip gray wolves of their remaining federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S. West and Great Lakes, yet the predators already are proving to be resilient in states where hunting and trapping occur. Thursday's Interior...

The Latest: Wolves resilient, but proposal tests expansion

Mar. 14, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the proposed removal of federal protections for wolves (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A proposal to strip gray wolves of federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S., yet the predators already are proving to be resilient in states...

North Carolina thrift show sells 'haunted' furniture for $1K

Mar. 14, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina thrift store has earned $1,000 off a hand-carved bedroom suite that may just be haunted. News outlets reports Habitat for Humanity Rowan County's ReStore warned would-be customers that the previous owner reported he and his wife had "continuous nightmares" while the...